Our scripture passage for today is the account of the widow’s mite. Jesus was with the disciples outside of the Temple as people were making their donations to the Temple treasury. Many rich people put in a large sum of money, possibly drawing the attention, head nods and approval of others. The widow, placing two small coins in the treasury, was noticed by no one but Jesus. Jesus pointed her out and said that her gift was greater than any other because she gave it out of her poverty rather than out of abundance.
My original intention was to explore this passage about the generous widow and lift up the importance of our relationship with God, our resources and one another as we think about being generous disciples. But I have a confession! The more I studied this text, the more my sermon plan got derailed! I started out thinking about the attitude of the “giver.” I ended up realizing the spotlight was on the responsibility of the institution, the “receiver.”
Today’s sermon will conclude our month-long focus on stewardship. We’ve been thinking and praying about our lives in ministry and the ways we share our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. As we plan for ministry in 2021, thank you to all of those who have been able to share an estimate of their anticipated giving. We’re asking that all pledges be turned in by October 31 if possible. If you would like to share an estimate of giving you may mail your pledge card to the Church or provide an estimate through our website at www.pbumc.org/give2021.
Scripture passage: Mark 12:41-44
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